North Nibley is a parish and village on the edge of the Cotswolds, located close to the river Severn between Bristol and Gloucester. Its name means a farm or settlement on a hilltop. The village is famously associated with William Tyndale who translated much of the Bible into English. In North Nibley we are fortunate to live in a unspoiled setting, in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It is an unusual parish in that almost half of the households live outside the central nucleus of the village, across a number of separate hamlets.
A special meeting will be held on 23rd September at 7pm to discuss the advantages of a Neighbourhood Plan. If there is enough support then the PC will be asking for volunteers to create a plan for North Nibley. Councillors from other parishes will be attending to describe their experience of the process.
Gigaclear have made available Superfast Broadband to more of North Nibley. If you live on the eastern side of the B4060 e.g. Barrs lane you should be able to request a connection. Check the Fastershire website to see if it is available to you. Speeds available are 30Mbps, 300Mbps or 900Mbps. Note that this speed is for download and upload whereas FTTC provided by Openreach gives an average of 12MBps download and 1Mbps upload.
The service is only available at present through certain Companies. Details can be found on the Fastershire or Gigaclear websites.
Land to west of Wotton Road . Proposed residential development comprising 9 affordable dwellings and 7 market dwellings.S.20/2678/FUL
The Parish Council has received notification of this planning application from Stroud District Council. The application has been submitted by Land Development and Estates Ltd and is not a Parish Council proposal.
Full details of the application can be viewed on the Stroud District planning application search website using ref S.2678/FUL ( Stroud Planning ). A copy of the proposed layout plan is displayed on the Notice Boards outside the Hub and adjacent to the Village Hall for information.
Parishioners are encouraged to submit comments directly to Stroud.
The Parish Council held a special public consultation meeting on 15th February via Zoom.
The PC considered the application at its April meeting and resolved to object on highway access grounds and submitted a number of other concerns to Stroud.
Stroud District Council have refused the application.
The Monument is CLOSED until further notice. Visitors to Nibley Knoll are requested to observe social distancing rules. The track up to the Knoll from the village (Wood Lane) is narrow and it is difficult to maintain the required 2 metre separation from other walkers, cyclists and horse riders. No motorised vehicles are allowed up the track or on the hill. Motorcyclsts contravening this rule should be reported to the Police.
The Monument will remain closed until the nesting birds have fledged.
Think of an experience from your childhood. Something you remember clearly, something you can see, feel, maybe even smell, as if you were really there. After all, you really were there at the time, weren't you? How else would you remember it? But here is the bombshell: you weren't there. Not a single atom that is in your body today was there when that event took place... Matter flows from place to place and momentarily comes together to be you. Whatever you are, therefore, you are not the stuff of which you were made. If that doesn't make the hair stand up on the back of your neck, read it again until it does, because it is important.
This year more than ever, we have needed our local green spaces. For many of us, going to our nearest bit of countryside, even for an hour, has meant the difference between coping and struggling physically, mentally and emotionally. But these precious moments are now under threat.
In a new white paper, the government has proposed a damaging shake-up of the UK's planning system - one that puts thoughtless development before our countryside.
The Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) has launched an urgent campaign to protect our local green spaces from damaging new planning proposals. See the CPRE website for details.
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The parish of North Nibley was the scene of the last battle fought in England between private armies. The main protaganists were Thomas, Lord Lisle and William, Lord Berkeley with combined forces in excess of 1,000 men. The battle took place on 20th March 1470* at Nibley Green.
* There is often confusion over dates before 1752 when the official start of year changed from 25 March (Lady Day) to 1st January thereby changing January, February and March from the end of the year (in this case 1469) to the start of the next year. So the date of the Battle of Nibley Green is usually written 20 March 1469/70. 1762 is also the time when England changed from the Julian Calendar to the Gregorian 'losing' eleven days in September.
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The popular village of North Nibley sits between the Severn Vale and Cotswold Escarpment, with the tower of the Tyndale Monument on the hillside above - a well-known landmark that can be seen for miles around. The village has a parish church, primary school, chapel, the Black Horse Inn and the New Inn at Waterley Bottom. It is also home to the very popular annual music festival. There are good links to the A38 and M5 combined with convenient access to the market town of Wotton-under-Edge which delivers all the essential everyday facilities, a cinema and schooling. In the opposite direction lies the market town of Dursley which also has a range of independent shops and supermarkets along with good schools and entertainment. The M5 junction 14 is approximately 5 miles away and offers commutability to the city of Bristol with Junction 13 approximately 9 miles away providing links to Cheltenham. Cam and Dursley railway station is 5 miles away and gives good links south to Bristol Parkway and London Paddington. To the north is Gloucester and and onwards to Birmingham.
The Community Hub opened its doors in the old closed Village Shop in October 2019 and now offers a small Shop, Information Point and Coffee Shop from 9:30 to 4.30 Thursday to Sunday. Muddy boots and well-behaved dogs are welcome, and T & Cakes at The Hub is rapidly becoming a popular pitstop for walkers, cyclists and riders, being only a 100 metres diversion from the Cotswold Way, offering quality coffees and teas and delicious homemade cakes Thursday to Sunday plus cream teas at weekends.
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The Mobile Post Office will be outside the Village Hall on Fridays between 15:15 and 16:15 from 13th September 2019.
It has a surprising number of activities for a small village, centred around the village hall, the chapel and Nibley House. Pre School meets Monday mornings and all day Tuesday to Friday during term time in the village hall. There are a number of good schools locally including the highly regarded Katherine Lady Berkeley's School. The village has cricket and football teams which play on a recreation field which must be one of the most beautiful settings for a sports field in Britain. It is equipped with a modern pavilion. The sports field is also enjoyed by the children from the adjacent primary school.
There are several businesses in the area providing a variety of services from accountancy to Zumba.
It is a popular destination for mountain bikers and walkers with the Cotswold Way passing through the centre of the village.